Cainito / Caimito Health Benefits, for Diabetes Mellitus?


Caimito is very delectable fruit. I usually scoop out the flesh, add some milk and sugar. The fruit is very pleasant to eat but not many products are made out of this fruit. Caimito is suitable for processing. It can be processed to jam, jellies, juices, marmalades, ice cream and flavors.

Sadly, the number of trees in our province is getting lower and lower. I seldom see marketed fruits during its season. And I have never seen any commercial product made out of cainito. Someone please tell me if there is any!

Kaynito is known as Caimito (Tag.); cainito, star apple (Engl.) and Crysophyllum cainito Linn.

Analysis made in Cuba and Central America found out the nutritional value per 100 g of Caimito Edible Portion (Source: Purdue University).

Calories  = 67.2
Moisture  = 78.4-85.7 g
Protein  =  0.72-2.33 g
Carbohydrates   =  14.65 g
Fiber  =  0.55-3.30 g
Ash  =  0.35-0.72 g
Calcium  =  7.4-17.3 mg
Phosphorus   =  15.9-22.0 mg
Iron  =  0.30-0.68 mg
Carotene   =  0.004-0.039 mg
Thiamine  =  0.018-0.08 mg
Riboflavin  =  0.013-0.04 mg
Niacin   =  0.935-1.340 mg
Ascorbic Acid   =  3.0-15.2 mg
Amino Acids:
Tryptophan   = 4 mg
Methionine   =  2 mg
Lysine = 22 mg

Caimito has the following medicinal uses:

  1. A decoction of the bark is given for dysentery. Also reported to be tonic and refreshing.
  2. The latex is used as a resolutive in abscesses and, dried, as a drastic anthelmintic, capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms.
  3. In Puerto, the fruit is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.
  4. The bitter seed is useful as a tonic (1 to 1.5 grains), for diarrhea (2.5 grains every 2 hours), and for intermittent fevers (3 to 8 grains every 2 hours).

caimito leaves


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